October 2017

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10/01/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Toni Yuly
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Readers of all ages are invited to attend a special presentation by Seattle artist and children’s book author Toni Yuly, whose picture books continue to delight pre-schoolers (and those who love them). Her new book,Thank You, Bees (Candlewick), is a joyful celebration of everyday gifts from nature, including honey, wool, rain and vegetables. Toni Yuly’s previous books include Jellybean Tree, (published earlier this year) and the classics, Cat Nap, and Night Owl.
 

10/01/2017 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anan Ameri
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from her Michigan home where she was founding director of the Palestine Aid Society of America and the Arab American National Museum is Anan Ameri. She visits with an evocative memoir of growing up, The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus (Olive Branch Press). “In the course of 23 vignettes spanning three decades The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus describes life as it had been from the early fifties to the mid 1970s in three major cities: Amman, Damascus and Jerusalem. Anan Ameri’s extraordinary rich life is described in lively and engaging prose. Her free rebellious spirit permeates these pages providing the reader with a Kaleidoscopic expose of life in these cities. Whether it is through running away from school to take part in political demonstrations or through the travails of her political father, Ameri succeeds in describing the political landscape of wars, political and social turmoil at crucial junctures in the history of the Middle East region. The book is a real pleasure to read.” —Raja Shehadeh. “Anan Ameri’s stories are exquisite gems of humanity—her gentle, direct touch even when describing scenes of complication, confusion, or conflict—are filled with bright insight, detail, and care. I wish my father were still alive so he could read this book. Everyone should read it!”—Naomi Shihab Nye.
 

10/02/2017 - 6:30pm

KEXP Gathering Space
Billy Bragg
KEXP Gathering Space
472 1st Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Legendary musician, activist, and sonic archivist Billy Bragg comes back to KEXP for this evening occasioned by publication of his book, Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World (Faber & Faber). Skiffle is a music genre rooted in Britain in the 1950s, coming out of World War II, and blending elements of jazz, blues, and folk. “In his first book, musician, left-wing activist, and sonic archivist Bragg has crafted a remarkable history of skiffle, a particularly British music genre. Initiated by amateur players obsessed with the blues, jazz, and folk, skiffle lured teenagers obsessed with all things American and eager to dance away post-WWII conformity and deprivation…Ending with a flourish, Bragg convincingly argues for the emotional connection between skiffle and punk rock, something Bragg would know about better than most.” - Publishers Weekly. Presented by KEXP 90.3 FM. Free admission.
 

10/02/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Celeste Ng with Florangela Davila
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Celeste Ng, who visited four years ago with her acclaimed debut novel, Everything I Never Told You - a book which has kept going into readers’ hands over the years - makes this welcome return to read from and discuss her brilliant new novel, Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press). Florangela Davila, presently managing editor at Crosscut and a longtime journalist of note, will be part of the evening, for conversation and q-and-a. “An intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood…Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother…an impressive accomplishment.” —Publishers Weekly.
 

10/02/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Stephen Greenblatt with Lesley Hazelton
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt, a Harvard professor and general editor to The Norton Anthology of English Literature, explores its literary and cultural history in The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Tracking the tale into the deep past, Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological, artistic, and cultural investment over centuries that made these figures so profoundly resonant in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds and, finally, so very “real” to millions of people even in the present. The biblical origin story, Greenblatt argues, is a model for what the humanities still have to offer: not the scientific nature of things, but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today.   Get Tickets  
 

10/03/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer (Grove).   learn more  
 

10/03/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Walter Stahr
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Walter Stahr, here most recently with his esteemed biography of William Seward, Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, returns to Elliott Bay to speak about Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. His book, Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary (Simon and Schuster), tells the story of the man who organized the Civil War effort and then, after Booth’s attack on Lincoln and Booth, rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and briefly took over the government. Stanton’s disagreement with President Andrew Johnson’s Southern policy lead to Johnson’s impeachment and near removal. “Walter Stahr has delivered another solid, well-researched biography of a major, if often overlooked, figure in American history. His portrait of Edwin Stanton is fair-minded, rigorous, and scrupulously honest, balancing his sometimes questionable record on civil liberties with the logistical wizardry that he applied to win the Union war effort. Stanton is thus a welcome and significant addition to the ample literature on the Civil War and Reconstruction.” – Ron Chernow.
 

10/03/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Mark Bowden
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. In his most ambitious work yet, Mark Bowden, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, returns to writing the story of a battle. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam recounts the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive, the defining military turn in one of the most politically fraught conflicts of the 20th century. With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam, and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple points of view. It was the bloodiest battle of the entire war. Played out over 24 days of intense urban combat, it ultimately cost 10,000 combatant and civilian lives. After it was over, the question was no longer about how America could win the war, but about how it would leave it.    Get Tickets  
 

10/04/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
5121 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

10/04/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Zoë Quinn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Video game developer Zoë Quinn is the founder of Crash Override Network, a crisis hotline and advocacy group formed in response to online harassment and abuse that she and others have experienced. After years of working with the biggest names in tech, law, media, and online security, as well as thousands of targets of online abuse, she’s now armed with a wealth of knowledge, which she shares in her new book, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate (PublicAffairs). It’s part fierce, funny memoir, part bold manifesto, and part field guide for combating online harassment and making the internet a safer place for everyone. “Zoë Quinn doesn’t just present a clear-eyed examination of the internet’s endemic sickness (though she does that beautifully), she contextualizes her personal nightmare within our current national one. It’s a gripping read with historical merit.” —Lindy West, author of Shrill.
 

10/05/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kurt Timmermeister with Nancy Leson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Kurt Timmermeister wants to eat great food. He says, “And not just any great food, but food grown here, made here, and about this beautiful place on Vashon Island. You might live down the street from my farm, across the country, or across the globe; it doesn’t matter. I want folks to find the food that grows in their yards, that is for sale at their farmers’ markets, and that reflects their life and surroundings. Food is about context and place and time. Farm Food is my way of bringing this experience to you.” In his book, Farm Food Volume One: Fall and Winter (Cookhouse Publishing), he shares some of this vision, along with illustrations and recipes. He appears tonight in conversation with food writer Nancy Leson. Kurt Timmermeister is also the author of Growing a Farmer and Growing a Feast (both published by Norton) and he’s the owner of Kurt’s Farm Shop, an ice cream and cheese purveyor in Chophouse Row.
 

10/06/2017 - 6:00pm

The Gates Foundation Visitor Center
Nicholas Kristof with Martha Choe
The Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Join us for a powerful conversation with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and long-time Seattle community leader Martha Choe. They will discuss pervasive human rights violations and the oppression of women and girls, while sharing experiences of economic progress when women are empowered to reach their full potential. This program is held in conjunction with the Gates Foundation Visitor Center’s special exhibition "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The exhibition is on view through January 27, 2018. This is a free event but pre-registration is required. ID required and no admissions after 6:15pm. Presented by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. pre-register  
 

10/06/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jessica Bruder
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Journalist and professor Jessica Bruder may teach at the Columbia School of Journalism but she ventures way out of New York to chronicle the extraordinary story she does in her debut book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century (W.W. Norton). “In the early twentieth century, men used to ride the rails in search of work, sharing camps at night. Today, as Bruder brilliantly reports, we have a new class of nomadic workers who travel in their RVs from one short-term job to another. There’s a lot to cringe at here—from low pay and physically exhausting work to constant insecurity. But surprisingly, Nomadland also offers its residents much-needed camaraderie and adventure, which makes this book a joy to read.” — Barbara Ehrenreich. “People who thought the 2008 financial collapse was over a long time ago need to meet the people Jessica Bruder got to know in this scorching, beautifully written, vivid, disturbing (and occasionally wryly funny) book. Nomadland is a testament both to the generosity and creativity of the victims of our modern-medieval economy, hidden in plain sight, and to the blunt-end brutality that put them there. Is this the best the wealthiest nation on earth can do for those who’ve already done so much?” — Rebecca Solnit.
 

10/06/2017 - 7:30pm

The Summit
Caitlin Doughty
The Summit
420 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98102
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living,” Marcus Tullius Cicero once wrote. Caitlin Doughty has spent her life around the dead. A mortician by trade, Doughty, in From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death travels the world to discover how other cultures care for their dead. She goes to Bolivia to see cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls; to Japan to watch relatives of the deceased use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones’ bones from cremation ashes; to Indonesia to watch a man dress his grandfather’s mummified body. With a keen sense of wonder, Doughty also digs deep into death-care innovators who are practicing green burials and composing bodies. The life of the dead is alive, indeed.   Get Tickets  
 

10/07/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Sarah Allan
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought Water served as the root metaphor for some of the most important ideas in early Chinese thought, including Dao ("way") and Qi ("vital energy"). Water is described as the source of the sky and the earth in a 4th-century BCE bamboo-slip manuscript. In this talk, Professor Allan will discuss the relationship between the natural world and the formation of cosmological and philosophical ideas in ancient China. About the Presenter: Sarah Allan is Chair of Chinese Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art and Cosmos in Early China, The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue, and more. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

10/07/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for October with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin! Please join us.  
 

10/07/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Blaine Harden
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A longtime journalist for The New York Times and Washington Post, whose postings have included have included stints at bureau chief in East Asia, Africa, and Warsaw, Blaine Harden has for some time now been living in Seattle and writing serious, well-received books, most recently a series of books on Korea. Escape from Camp 14 and The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot are now followed by King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea (Viking). “Many accounts of the Korean War are full of mystery, hinting at horrific crimes and large-scale covert operations. King of Spies pierces that mystery through the story of a remarkable American operative who took his mission to mind-boggling extremes. The adventures that fill these pages, from bleak battlefields to the corridors of power, tell us much about how the world really works.” —Stephen Kinzer. “Blaine Harden has now produced a fascinating trilogy of stranger-than-fiction books about North Korea. His latest, King of Spies, is about a gay, middle school dropout who was one of the few U.S. officials to predict the outbreak of the Korean War and whose espionage activities had a profound impact on the course of the war. You’ve probably never heard of Donald Nichols, but you’ll never forget him after reading King of Spies.” —Barbara Demick.
 

10/07/2017 - 7:30pm

Rainier Arts Center
Frances Moore Lappé & Adam Eichen
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118
Many Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis in Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. This intergenerational duo opens with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It’s feeling powerless—in this case, fearing that to stand up for democracy is futile. It’s not, Lappé and Eichen argue. With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here and expose the well-orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power. Even in this divisive time, Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a new democracy movement. Millions of Americans are leaving despair behind as they push for and achieve historic change. Lappé and Eichen offer proof that courage is contagious in the daring fight for democracy.   Get Tickets  
 
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10/08/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Release
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This afternoon we’ll help celebrate the release of three new chapbooks from Floating Bridge Press. Benjamin Cartwright reads from The Meanest Things Pick Clean. His debut poetry collection, After Our Departure (Sage Hill Press), won the Powder Horn Prize. Katy E. Ellis, co-curator of West Seattle’s Words West literary series, reads from Night Watch, winner of the 2017 Floating Bridge Press chapbook award. Her chapbook Gravity was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   Alex Vigue, author of The Myth of Man, is a queer poet and storyteller from Ridgefield, Washington. He has been published in Lockjaw Magazine, Maudlin House, and Vinyl.
 

10/08/2017 - 6:00pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Masha Gessen with Jill Dougherty
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us as Masha Gessen (Vladimir Putin’s biographer) reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia has surrendered to a more virulent and seemingly invincible new strain of autocracy. Following the lives of four people born at the time of what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia, The Future of History charts how the machinations of Russia’s new regime would crush them all. The book is a cautionary tale for our time, and for all time. Gessen is a Russian-American journalist who wrote Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and gives an unparalleled understanding of the forces that wrack Russia and the world. Gessen will be in conversation with Jill Dougherty, who served as a CNN correspondent for three decades, with an expertise in the post-Soviet region. She was CNN’s White House correspondent from 1991-1996.     Get Tickets  
 

10/09/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Postponed - David Litt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
***This event has been postponed to 12/4*** A young man who went straight from graduating college to working in the 2008 Obama campaign, and then, in 2011, became one of the youngest presidential speechwriters ever, David Litt takes us back to a time that feels like eons ago when a president might speak in a complete sentence in his thoroughly engaging memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Ecco). Among other things, David Litt helped President Obama light - and lighten things up - as he was the principal humorist amongst the presidential staff. “David Litt has done the impossible: written a smart, insightful, and funny White House memoir you don’t have to be a political junkie to love. Even better, he takes us back to a saner more compassionate time when our president liked to read.” — Judd Apatow. “Thanks, Obama is a wonderful book for the same reasons David Litt’s speeches for the White House were wonderful: it’s well-written, it’s funny, it tells us exactly what we’re curious about, and. . . it reminds us that a great president galvanizes not only his staff but his country.” — Anne Fadiman.
 

10/09/2017 - 7:30pm

Neptune Theatre
Art Garfunkel
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
What should be a special evening for all is in store as one of popular music’s most iconic figures, Art Garfunkel, visits with his new memoir, What Is It All But Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man (Knopf). Published in a type that resembles his own handwriting, this is an engaging, highly personal chronicle of the years, the music, the performances, the life (which includes getting a master’s degree in math), both with and without his longtime musical partner, Paul Simon. Tickets include a copy of What Is It All But Luminous. Get Tickets Presented by SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP in association with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

10/09/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Garry Wills
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
What does the Qur’an actually say about veiling women? Does it justify religious war? Garry Wills, one of America’s greatest religious scholars, leads us through an insightful and erudite study of these questions and more in this opportunity to learn together about Islam’s most sacred text. In What the Qur’an Meant, Wills turns his Pulitzer Prize-winning writing and lifetime of religious study to help combat the false information too often spread about the Islamic faith. Through the eyes of a sympathetic outsider, Wills will help us frame a night of interfaith dialogue and empathetic curiosity.   Get Tickets  
 

10/10/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Anu Partanen's The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life (Harper). learn more
 

10/10/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Rakesh Satyal
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For Rakesh Satyal and his winning debut novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador), it is a multi-generational story of an immigrant family - with some decided twists. "A big-hearted, hopeful, and often very funny novel about the unpredictability of love . . . as well as a celebration of how, in America, it's never too late to rethink who you are—or who you might become. Satyal has created a set of characters you'll cheer for."—Hanya Yanagihara. "Affecting, kindhearted, and infectiously readable, No One Can Pronounce My Name is full of memorable characters joined by their yearning to belong. Rakesh Satyal spins a funny and unpredictable multigenerational tale that glitters with warmth and wisdom."—Maria Semple.
 

10/10/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
M. Evelina Galang
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Award-winning fiction writer M. Evelina Galang, whose books of stories and novels include Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, is here this evening with a powerful, moving, ultimately affirming nonfiction book of testimony, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War (Curbstone/Northwestern University Press). These are sixteen surviving Filipino women, forced as women and girls (among more than 1,000 from The Philippines) to endure sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. “This book is the last stand of women who survived the kidnapping and rape that was Japanese army strategy in World War II. Courageous, aged grandmothers tell their stories and show their wounded bodies to M. Evelina Galang as evidence that these crimes occurred. Hopefully, Lolas' House will end denial and get justice, reparations, and a place in the history books for these women and their 400,000 sisters.”—Maxine Hong Kingston. "A riveting work of profound historical importance, Lolas' House gives lasting voice to the Filipino comfort women—these perishing victims of the Japanese Imperial Army of WW II who wait still for an apology from Japan. This is M. Evelina Galang at her courageous, literary best." —Andrew X. Pham. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.   learn more  
 

10/10/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding with Ijeoma Oluo
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, editors of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America (Picador) appear tonight in conversation with Seattle writer and activist Ijeoma Oluwo. "A searing and urgent collection....The writers are emotionally generous as they meditate on this pivotal moment in American history. The 2016 election marked a deeply personal shift in the tides of hope for so many. This book invites readers to converse, comfort, and hold one another accountable in the hope of igniting radical, intersectional change."--Booklist   Samhita Mukhopadhyay is currently Editorial Director of the Identities vertical at Mic.  She is also the former Executive Editor of the award-winning blog Feministing.com and author of Outdated. Kate Harding is the author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It. Ijeoma Oluo’s own new book, So You Want to Talk About Race, is coming in January (Seal Press) Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT Civics Series.   Get Tickets  
 

10/11/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime - NOT Meeting
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Because of the Yom Kippur holiday there will be no PJ Library Song & Song time this week. Please join us again next Wednesday, October 18.    Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

10/11/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kenny Fries
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet and memoirist Kenny Fries, author of Body Remembered, and editor of Staring Back: the Disability Experience from the Inside Out  and other books, traveled to Japan to research disability within a Japanese context. In the Province of the Gods (University of Wisconsin Press), the book that he would eventually write, is informed by his life as a gay, disabled man and by his diagnosis as HIV Positive and by his experiences with Japanese culture, with atomic bomb survivors and with the kami.    “He neither exoticizes nor shies away from the potential pitfalls of a Western mind traveling abroad; instead he demonstrates how, through an all-too-rare open heart and a true poet’s eye, bridges can be built and understanding deepened, one sincere action at a time.” - Marie Mutsuki Mockett.
 

10/11/2017 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Blaine Harden
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
314 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104
A longtime journalist for The New York Times and Washington Post, whose postings have included have included stints at bureau chief in East Asia, Africa, and Warsaw, Blaine Harden has for some time now been living in Seattle and writing serious, well-received books, most recently a series of books on Korea. Escape from Camp 14 and The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot are now followed by King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea (Viking). “Many accounts of the Korean War are full of mystery, hinting at horrific crimes and large-scale covert operations. King of Spies pierces that mystery through the story of a remarkable American operative who took his mission to mind-boggling extremes. The adventures that fill these pages, from bleak battlefields to the corridors of power, tell us much about how the world really works.” —Stephen Kinzer. “Blaine Harden has now produced a fascinating trilogy of stranger-than-fiction books about North Korea. His latest, King of Spies, is about a gay, middle school dropout who was one of the few U.S. officials to predict the outbreak of the Korean War and whose espionage activities had a profound impact on the course of the war. You’ve probably never heard of Donald Nichols, but you’ll never forget him after reading King of Spies.” —Barbara Demick. More information can be found on Folio's website here: Folio
 

10/12/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for an ongoing discussion series with no assigned books, moderated by the (teen) readers themselves, with Elliott Bay booksellers on hand to assist, and provide fun things like exclusive access to early copies of forthcoming titles. The plan is to meet the second Thursday of each month. learn more
 

10/12/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bradford Morrow
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Spanning continents - North America and Europe, and the years, from Nazi occupation of eastern Europe to New York as it becomes the 21st century, Bradford Morrow’s sweeping new novel, The Prague Sonata (Atlantic Monthly Press), is the book he was ‘meant’ to write. Which is saying something, with his seven well-received previous novels, and his role as founding editor of Conjunctions. “The Prague Sonata is music scored for the reader’s imagination, expertly arranged—at once suspenseful and meditative, classical and surprising, devastating and genuinely inspiring. What a gorgeous novel this is. I thought often of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves—the fragmentation and ephemeral unity, its power to absorb us fully into a moving music. Bradford Morrow’s writing is as haunting and as beautiful as the fabled sonata it describes.”—Karen Russell. “Rich in historical detail, beautifully sharp when it comes to music and manuscripts, The Prague Sonata challenges us to consider what it means to save culture in the face of forces that want to achieve power at its expense. Morrow has given us a masterful novel that’s necessary for our times.”—Brian Evenson.
 

10/12/2017 - 7:00pm

Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
Muhammad Yunus
Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today's most trenchant social critics. Now he declares it's time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken--that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest. Please join us this evening as he discusses his vision and his provocative new book,  A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions (Public Affairs Books). This evening's program includes a talk, Q&A, book sales and book signing.  Co-presented by Seattle University School for Theology and Ministry, Albers School, and the Elliott Bay Book Company.    Free Tickets   
 

10/12/2017 - 8:00pm

The Egyptian Theatre
Dan Savage with Esther Perel
The Egyptian Theatre
805 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Dan, Nancy, and the tech-savvy, at-risk youth are thrilled to be hosting friend and special guest Esther Perel in Dan’s hometown of Seattle! You are invited to an evening of provocative discussion centered around Esther Perel’s new book: The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. In the book Perel asks: why do people cheat—even those in happy marriages? And what can affairs teach us about relationships?  Post-interview, Esther will be joining Dan on stage to answer all your sex, love, and relationship questions—and will be signing copies of her book after the show!  Note: KUOW will be taping the event for broadcast at a later date. Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful voices on personal and professional relationships. A celebrated couples therapist who has helmed a private practice in New York City since 1983, she has over three decades experience navigating the intricacies of love and desire. Her international bestseller Mating in Captivity has been translated into twenty-six languages. Perel is a dynamic and provocative speaker on the international stage, with two critically praised TED talks that have reached over 17 million viewers. She has consulted on the Golden Globe-winning Showtime series The Affair and is also Executive Producer and host of the Audible Original Series “Where Should We Begin?”, in which she broadcasts intimate one-off counseling sessions with real-life couples. In Perel’s new book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (Harper; $26.99; Hardcover; On Sale: October 10, 2017) Perel challenges assumptions, upends conventional wisdom, and offers a fresh, nuanced look at affairs from multiple viewpoints. Learn more at www.estherperel.com. Dan Savage is an author, a sex-advice columnist, a podcaster, a pundit, and a public speaker.  Dan is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life, and frequent guest on The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher.  "Savage Love," Dan's sex-advice column, first appeared in the The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly, in 1991. The column is now syndicated to more than 50 papers across the United States and Canada.  In 1996, Dan launched the Savage Lovecast, a weekly, call-in advice podcast. It is now one of iTunes top 50 podcasts.  Dan’s graphic, pragmatic, and humorous advice has changed the cultural conversation about monogamy, gay rights, religiosity, and politics. In 2010 Dan and his husband Terry Miller founded the It Gets Better Project. The IGBP has gathered tens of thousands of videos from people all over the world offering hope to LGBT kids. The book—It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living—was a New York Times best seller. In 2012 the It Gets Better Project was awarded an Emmy.  Learn more at: www.savagelovecast.com.   Get Tickets  
 

10/13/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cleve Jones
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We welcome longtime gay rights activist Cleve Jones back to Seattle for the paperback of his 2017 Lambda Literary Award-winning book, When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (Hachette). A partial inspiration for the recent ABA miniseries, When We Rise gives readers a story of history in the making, by one who truly helped make it. "You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants-maybe heroes--but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy. It's an incredibly vivid evocation of a bygone era and a poignant story of someone who started out feeling like the only gay person in the world and ended up organizing millions of them. I loved it for the firsthand history, and the crazily great details about drag queens, radical excess, passionate idealism, how to change the world and everything else that matters most."—Rebecca Solnit. "Some people witness history; other actually make it happen. Cleve Jones, by planting himself boldly in the eye of the storm, has succeeded brilliantly at doing both."—Armistead Maupin.
 

10/13/2017 - 7:00pm

Mount Zion Baptist Church
Michael Eric Dyson
Mount Zion Baptist Church
1634 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This year’s A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in U.S. History is being given by Dr. Eric Michael Dyson, noteworthy author of many books, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, and a contributing writer/editor to The New York Times, The New Republic, and ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ website. His most recent book, published at the beginning of the year, has been one of the year’s most vital, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (St. Martin’s Press). "Readers will find searing moments in Tears We Cannot Stop, when Dyson's words proves unforgettable...But more than education, Dyson wants a reckoning." —The Washington Post. "Elegantly written, Tears We Cannot Stop is powerful in several areas: moving personal recollections; profound cultural analysis; and guidance for moral redemption. A work to relish." —Toni Morrison. Presented by THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION.  Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. learn more
 

10/13/2017 - 7:00pm

Frye Art Museum
Mary Ruefle
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle is next in Hugo House’s 2017-18 Word Works series of craft talks. Her most recent book of poems, My Private Property, is out from Seattle’s Wave Books, along with her enduringly popular 2012 book of essays, Madness, Rack, and Honey. A chapbook essay, On Imagination (Sarabande Books), is her most recent publication. Presented by HUGO HOUSE Word Works Series.   Get Tickets
 

10/14/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Hui-shu Lee
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China Water as the embodiment of yin femininity, complementing yangmasculinity, has been the most enduring element of Chinese cosmology. Water is also viewed as one of the twin components of Chinese landscape painting, known as shanshui, “mountains-and-water.” No other epoch in Chinese history saw as full a manifestation of water physically and culturally than the Southern Song era (1127–1279). The imperial capital moved to Lin’an (Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province), one of the most celebrated locales in China, surrounded by the Zhe River and West Lake. Meanwhile, the depiction of landscape transformed, shifting from solid to void. Even more intriguing, the gradual feminization of landscape also coincided with the presence of powerful imperial women exerting political influence and artistic agency through the dynasty. This era of “excess yin,” is the subject of our scrutiny. About the Presenter: Hui-shu Lee is Associate Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to Chinese painting and gender issues, she also works on representations of place, cultural mapping, and garden culture. Among her publications are Exquisite Moments: West Lake & Southern Song Art (New York: China Institute, 2001) and Empresses, Art, and Agency in Song Dynasty China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010). Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

10/14/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!    
 

10/14/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lisa Congdon with Shauna Ahern
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Vera Wang, Julia Child and Cheryl Strayed are just three of the women profiled in A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives (Chronicle), artist Lisa Congdon’s exploration of the power of women over the age of forty. The perfect gift for women of all ages, A Glorious Freedom celebrates extraordinary lives and redefines what it means to gain wisdom and maturity.  ] "Through crystalline profiles, probing interviews, and candid essays, the remarkable women celebrated in Lisa Congdon's vibrantly illustrated collection trace the genesis of their journeys of self-discovery and offer stirring words of encouragement to any woman, of any age, longing for personal, professional, creative, or emotional fulfillment." -- Booklist.    Lisa Congdon appears in conversation with Shauna Ahern, Seattle’s Gluten Free Girl, who contributed an essay to this book. Shauna Ahern is the author most recently of Gluten Free Girl : American Classics Reinvented.
 

10/14/2017 - 7:00pm

Neptune Theatre
Whitney Cummings
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
STG Presents & Live Nation welcomes Whitney Cummings to The Neptune on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Get the best of Whitney Cummings – the stories she’ll share on stage, and the ones she normally won’t – during her I’m Fine… and Other Lies Book Tour this fall. Expect plentiful oversharing and laughs as Whitney dissects the adventures and struggles recounted in her upcoming book, I’m Fine… and Other Lies. Nothing’s off limits as Whitney tackles codependence, addiction, workaholism, dating narcissists and a host of other mortifying situations with her signature edge and irresistible charm. *Your ticket includes a post-show Meet & Greet with Whitney, a copy of I’m Fine… and Other Lies (a $28 value), and access to the show. Get Tickets
 
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10/15/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
The Bookclub Seattle Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Back in 1991, a group of Seattle women decided that their social gatherings would have even more fun and purpose if it was centered around talking about books they read in common. Thus, The Bookclub Seattle, then and ever since. Starting with reading books by black women authors - though branching out soon to include black men - to scroll through the list of books they’ve read and discussed (www.thebookclubseattle.com) is to re-visit some of the best writing of the past 25 years - and to marvel at some voices, so vital, that have endured, as well as some that to have vanished. Their group has certainly been a great presence at readings we have hosted over these same 25-26 years - from the early days of Terry McMillan and J. California Cooper reading in the old Elliott Bay basement in Pioneer Square, to being on hand here on Capitol Hill in 2016 for Yaa Gyasi and her debut novel, Homegoing. Occasioning today is publication of an anthology of stories by members of The Bookclub Seattle themselves, Life Matters (iUniverse). This launch of this book, many years in the writing, should be great fun, with a reception beforehand, reading and discussion, and then a signing after. We believe all the contributors to this lively, lovely book that can be on hand will be  - Helen Harris, Vanetta Arnold, Sylvia Bushnell, Elizabeth Causby-Miles, Patricia Coleman, Valerie Dominique, Carol Flanagan-Frank, Doris Hill, Elaine Pearsall, Jackie Roberts, Claudia Scipio, Harriet Slye, and Patricia Tanner. The contribution of the late, much-missed Edna Nunn will also be acknowledged.
 

10/16/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alexis Okeowo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Alexis Okeowo is a New Yorker staff writer who was part of a National Geographic project that was a finalist for a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Writing. Based in the U.S., she has lived in Uganda, Mexico, and Nigeria, had work anthologized in both The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Sportswriting collections for 2017. She is here this evening with her first book, and what a book A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (Hachette Books) is. “Alexis Okeowo’s startling and brilliant account of fierce horrors and tender hopes is one of the best records I have ever read of a world that has been made and remade time and again out of struggle and faith. Okeowo is just the kind of reporter we need to hear from when it comes to Africa, the ‘new’ old world: truthful, accurate, deep.”―Hilton Als. “Alexis Okeowo has gone to the hardest continent and come away with a series of tales about the fight against fanaticism and despair. The result is a deeply sensitive portrait of modern Africa and a microscope on the human condition in the most difficult circumstances.”―Dexter Filkins.
 

10/16/2017 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Armistead Maupin with Paul Constant
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
To celebrate the October publication of his memoir, Logical Family (Harper), Armistead Maupin will sit down with Seattle Review of Books founder Paul Constant for an insightful and entertaining conversation. Armistead Maupin’s beloved eighth novel Tales of the City began as a San Francisco Chronicle serial and was adapted for television and for musical theater. “Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers, and the story of his life is a story as fascinating, as delightful and as compulsive as any of the tales he has made up for us.” -Neil Gaiman.  Presented by NWAA, KNKS 88.5 FM  & The Stranger.   Get Tickets    
 

10/17/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Charlie Jane Anders’ Nebula Award-winning All the Birds in the Sky (TOR), as the October selection. Learn More
 

10/17/2017 - 7:00pm

University of Washington Kane Hall 210
Adina Hoffman
University of Washington Kane Hall 210
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105
Award-winning essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman makes this welcome Seattle return to give this lecture, based on the subject of her most recent book, Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "Adina Hoffman is that very rare writer who moves lightly across vast realms of knowledge, transmuting the most intransigent material into illuminating and affecting narratives. Here is a book about the making of a city that is as emotionally potent as it is intellectually bracing." —Pankaj Mishra. Adina Hoffman comes here as the author of House of No Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century, and, with Peter Cole, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. The latter received the American Library Association’s Best Jewish Book of the Year Award for 2011. Adina Hoffman was also an initial recipient of what has become a prestigious honor, the Windham-Campbell Literary Prize. Free admission. The Inaugural JACK AND REBECCA BENAROYA ENDOWED LECTURE presented by the HENRY M. JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES  and the STROUM CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES. learn more  
 

10/17/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bryan Johnston with Boris S. Wort
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Were you a Boris Buddy?  If so, you’ll want to be here tonight as the story of J.P. Patches’ arch-enemy takes center stage. Bryan Johnson, author of Boris S. Wort, The Second Meanest Man in the World, celebrates this well known troublemaker (infamous for trying to ruin Christmas, for example). Wart  was such a evil villain that he couldn’t make personal appearances with J.P but we’re hoping that Bob Newman (the man who played Boris, Gertrude, Leroy Frump and other beloved characters) will also join us  tonight.  Bryan Johnston is the author of popular books on local television history, including Almost Live!  The Show That Would Not Die.
 

10/17/2017 - 7:30pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who has represented Connecticut’s Third District since 1991 and is a member of the House Democratic leadership, is here this evening with an impassioned, vital book for these times, The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable (The New Press). “Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is a one-woman truth squad when it comes to calling out the falsehoods and cruelties of current right-wing efforts to slash Social Security, health insurance, and other safety net programs for America’s middle-class and poor families. Her vividly narrated book weaves together policy ideas and personal stories, her own and others, to highlight the high stakes in current battles and point to a better future, where our democracy boosts opportunity and security for all.”—Theda Skocpol. “There is no greater champion for America’s women and families. I am awed and inspired every day by her passion, her spirit, her dedication and determination to fight for our values.” —U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT Civics Series.   Get tickets  
 

10/18/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

10/18/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Loudon Wainwright
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to present this evening with celebrated singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, on the occasion of his newly published memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & A Few of My Other Favorite Things (Blue Rider). As the subtitle indicates, this book covers serious personal ground, albeit in an engaging, disarming way. Quite the story it is, or quite the stories they are, too. “Loudon Wainwright writes without pulling punches about his life. In other writers, this confessional style can instantly repel, but Loudon succeeds by being scrupulously honest about everything, including himself. This is a moving, funny, and observant memoir—everything we would expect from one of the great musical talents of our time.” —Richard Thompson. “I expected a memoir that reflected all I know to be true about Loudon: a raconteur with an acerbic, sometimes mordant wit, unapologetic even when full of regret, funny and acutely, sometimes horrifyingly, honest. I got that and more. He is unafraid and clear-eyed about the events of his life—and utterly engaging.” —Rosanne Cash.
 

10/18/2017 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Ron Chernow
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Award-winning biographer/historian Ron Chernow leads off Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017-18 Literary\Arts Series at Benaroya Hall, and will show those on hand that he has a ‘step’ or two beyond the world of Alexander Hamilton. It was Ron Chernow’s biography, after all, which Lin-Manuel Miranda famously read on vacation, and decided must be a hip-hop musical. Whether or not that happens with his newest book remains to be seen, but the story he tells in his newest book, Grant (Penguin Press), is a major story in our history. Ulysses S. Grant, as general, as president, as a full, complex person over a cathartic period of U.S. history, is written of here with verve and authority. “[A] beautifully written portrait….Chernow doesn’t gloss over Grant’s struggle with alcoholism or his tendency to trust shady operators.  However, his willingness to protect the gains of freemen and to fight the KKK was an example of the moral courage he consistently displayed.  This is a superb tribute to Grant, whose greatness is earning increased appreciation.”  — Booklist. “The definitive biography for the foreseeable future.” – Publishers Weekly. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Other SAL programs in October include: 10/4: Janet Mock 10/9: Stephen Burt 10/27: Nikki Giovanni with Sherman Alexie get tickets  
 

10/19/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Eileen Myles
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer whose poetry and prose has been an incandescent part of things for the past several decades - and is still writing aglow - Eileen Myles makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her newest book, Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press). This is a book unlike any other - about a dog, about life, about everything. “What is a dog if not god? In Afterglow, Eileen Myles steps up to the challenge for writers to function as prophets. Ghostwritten in part by deceased pit bull Rosie, this ‘dog memoir’ explores—among other things—geometry, gender, mortality, evil, aging, and plaids. Myles makes new rules for what prose writing can be. Afterglow is Myles’s funniest, profoundest work yet.” —Chris Kraus. “Following Eileen Myles around a dog is like following Leopold Bloom around Dublin. Reading Afterglow is like entering the company of a sensibility that is rich, original, witty, and tonally brilliant. It is the darting asides, the phrasing and the subplots that matter most in this book, that give pure, sheer constant pleasure.” —Colm Tóibín. “A rare new breed of dog memoir; think Patti Smith’s Just Kids, not Josh Grogan’s Marley and Me, absinthe not saccharine.” —Library Journal. Co-presented with SEATTLE LIT CRAWL.
 

10/19/2017 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Khary Lazarre-White
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Nationally renowned as a social justice advocate, activist, and attorney, Khary Lazarre-White, co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, the recipient of numerous awards and honors, is here from his Harlem home to read from and discuss his first novel, Passage (7 Stories). This should be quite the evening. We’re pleased to be working with our friends at NAAM to make it happen. “As [protagonist] Warrior experiences dangers real and imagined, current and ancestral, Lazarre-White, activist and founder of a Harlem-based youth-education organization, infuses his vivid journey with thought- and discussion-provoking symbolism. This is a unique and haunting portrayal of a young black man considering his inheritance, and his destiny.”  –Booklist. “Khary Lazarre-White’s gripping, relentless dive into the inner life of a young African American male named Warrior invites readers into a world where few have dared to venture. In this world, mysticism and madness walk hand in hand with the waking reality of so many young Black men in America, a reality that by any rational measure is itself insane. In Passage, Lazarre-White offers insights and answers to the one question the media never asks when scrutinizing young Black men for their responses to that reality: Why?” —Susan L. Taylor. Free admission. Co-presented with NAAM/NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM.
 

10/20/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Pat Thomas
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Pat Thomas’s Did It! from Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary (Fantagraphics) is the first full length biography of the Yippie activist and Chicago Eight member who later reinvented himself as an investment banker and New Age/self improvement movement leader. An oversized oral and visual history and scrapbook, Did It! is based on over 75 original interviews of fellow Chicago Eight defendants, Bobby Seale, Nancy Kurshon and others. “An eye-opener for those who remember the '60s; for everyone else, a welcome introduction to that tumultuous time as illustrated through one of its most memorable personalities.” - Kirkus Reviews.  Pat Thomas is also the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.
 

10/21/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Michael Meister
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India A cosmology rooted in water lies behind most monumental architecture in India. From a very early period, tanks and wells were built as both symbolic and practical structures. Some of the most remarkable feats of architecture are stepwells in dry Western India, which stored water throughout the year. Excavated several stories underground, these stepwells sometimes included columns and walls lined with sculpture—almost like upside-down temples reaching below ground. About the Presenter: Michael W. Meister is an art historian, archaeologist, and architectural historian at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the W. Norman Brown Professor in the Department of History of Art and South Asia Studies. In addition, he is Consulting Curator, Asian Section, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. His research and writing focuses on temple architecture and other aspects of the art of the Indian sub-continent. Current projects include "Mountain Temples and Temple-Mountains" for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

10/21/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section…and let the stories begin!
 
 

10/21/2017 - 4:00pm

Hugo House
Thalia Field
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
In her novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction (Solid Objects), Brown professor Thalia Field accomplishes several remarkable things as she blends a massive feat of research—20 years and hundreds of thousands of pages!—and translation (from French) with the study of the history of lab science and animal rights. A story of exploration of what realism and experimentalism means now, Experimental Animals is partly the story of Claude Bernard, a 19th-century French physiologist and vivisectionist who introduced the scientific method to medicine, and partly the story of his disastrous marriage to Fanny Martin, an animal rights activist avant la lettre. Field’s latest is “nothing less than a history—gorgeously fictional, purposefully essayistic—of how we got where we are.” – John D’Agata Made at Hugo House fellows Beryl Clark and Gabrielle Bates will read from Field’s multi-voiced work as well as their own original work for this dynamic book launch.
 

10/21/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ronald K. L. Collins & David M. Skover with Justice Mary Yu
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two Seattle law professors - Ronald Collins, who is a Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, and David Skover, who is the Frederic C. Tausend Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law, appear here together this evening for their new, co-written book, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons (Oxford University Press). This timely book looks at the intersection of the judiciary and the political - getting more attention now and in recent decades - and brings the work of Niccolò Machiavelli to the fore in so doing. This book looks at how and when judges are political - and when, perhaps, not as much. Ronald Collins’ and David Skover’s other co-written books include When Money Speaks, On Dissent: Its Meaning in America, Mania: The Story of the Outraged & Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution, The Trials of Lenny Bruce, and The Death of Discourse. 2018 should see publication of Robotica: Free Speech & Artificial Intelligence. Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu will interview the authors on the book, after which the audience will be invited to ask book-related questions.
 
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10/22/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lauren Camp with Erin Malone & Martha Silano
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Santa Fe poet Lauren Camp reads today from her book, One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press), a work of imagination, research and myth about her father’s childhood in Baghdad, and her interaction with the rituals and language of his Jewish-Iraqi culture. The book, a memoir told in poetry, won the Dorset Prize. She has two upcoming poetry collections, Turquoise Door (3: A Taos Press, 2017) and Took House (Tupelo Press, 2019), and is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and the producer/host of “Audio Saucepan” on Santa Fe Public Radio. Reading with her this evening are two esteemed Seattle poets. Erin Malone is the author of Hover (Tebot Bach Press) and a chapbook, What Sound Does It Make (Concrete Wolf Press). She lives in Seattle and is editor of Poetry Northwest. Martha Silano is the author of What the Truth Tastes Like (Two Sylvias Press), Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books) and other books. She edits the Seattle-based journal, Crab Creek Review, and teaches at Bellevue College.
 

10/22/2017 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Brandon Stanton with Humans of New York
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York street portrait blog and author of Humans of New York (St Martin’s Press),  shares his own personal story and the perspective he has gained since embarking on his journey to help others tell theirs. The audience will take away a renewed appreciation for the power of one person and one idea to inspire millions, and encouragement to be a force for good and contribute something meaningful to the world. Copies of Brandon Stanton’s books will be available for purchase at the event. Presented by NWAA, KNKS 88.5 FM  & THE STRANGER. get tickets  
 

10/23/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Denise Kiernan with Neal Thompson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City, takes on the history of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House in her new book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home (Touchstone). Biltmore House, a  spectacular European-style estate including  a 175,000-square-foot chateau (designed by Richard Morris Hunt) with landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted, on grounds nearly three times the size of Washington, D.C. was built on wilderness near Asheville, North Carolina and survives today. She appears in conversation with Neal Thompson, author most recently of A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley  (Three Rivers Press).
 

10/23/2017 - 7:30pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Intsitute
G. Willow Wilson with Jamala Henderson
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Intsitute
104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
G. Willow Wilson lies at the epicenter of multiple fault lines of American identity. Originally a self-described “upper-middle-class American White girl with bland politics and polite beliefs,” she converted to Islam while in college, worked as a journalist in Mubarak’s Egypt, and now writes the hugely successful comic series Ms. Marvel. Featuring a Pakistani-American teenage girl from Jersey City named Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel won a Hugo Award and was one of the few comics in Marvel’s history whose first issue reached a seventh printing. The event will be moderated by KUOW’s Jamala Henderson. Books, including Ms. Marvel and Butterfly Mosque and Alif the Unseen will be available for purchase. The evening concludes with a booksigning. Presented by HUMANITIES WASHINGTON. get tickets  
 

10/24/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jennifer Egan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the year’s most keenly anticipated novels by one of the most admired writers at work today, Jennifer Egan, is the source of wonder and pleasure here this evening. She is here with Manhattan Beach (Scribner), her first since the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. “Egan’s propulsive, surprising, ravishing, and revelatory saga, a covertly profound page-turner that will transport and transform every reader, casts us all as divers in the deep, searching for answers, hope, and ascension.” —Booklist. "A bounteous miracle that makes you feel that past time, and our time, differently; everything becomes freshly energized, infused with humanity, vital, sad, and full of importance. To see the world through Egan’s eyes is to be moved, through language, to new adoration of the world. I don’t know a better writer working today. There is a generosity in her prose that is vastly enlivening to its reader and brings about that beautiful effect fiction sometimes causes: more, and better-grounded, fondness for reality, just as it is."—George Saunders. Amen to that and all other praise.
 

10/24/2017 - 7:30pm

University Lutheran Church
David Neiwert
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Seattle-based investigative reporter and author David Neiwert, whose books have included an important work on Japanese American internment during World War II (Strawberry Days), has in recent years been doing major work tracking the extreme, now-more-visible right in this country. His newest book, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (Verso), gives researched, informed background on they who are getting more airplay and space in the so-called mainstream. “Over the last two decades, David Neiwert has been one of our finest analysts of the American far right, paying sustained, serious and careful attention to the seemingly fringe movements of conspiracy theorists and insurrectionists. Now it turns out these movements are not so fringe after all but have helped elect Donald Trump as president. This crisply written book, grounded in his solid reporting, tells the whole sordid story with clarity and force. More than anyone else, Neiwert understands that Trumpism has deep roots in American culture and history. In this book, he lays out those roots for all to see.” —Jeet Heer. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT Civics Series. get tickets  
 

10/25/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

10/25/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alfred W. McCoy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The United States’ rise to global power post World War II (and the decline of American power in the decades since) is the subject of historian Alfred McCoy’s book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power (Haymarket Press) "McCoy’s detailed, panoramic analysis of the past, present, and future of the American empire covers all spheres of activity including not just land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, but also the netherworld of covert operations--and seasons all of this with some fascinating personal vignettes...In the Shadows of the American Century joins the essential short list of scrupulous historical and comparative studies of the United States as an awesome, conflicted, technologically innovative, routinely atrocious, and ultimately hubristic imperial power."—John Dower. Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His 2009 book, Policing America's Empire, won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.
 

10/25/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Amy Tan with Laurie Frankel
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
March 1989, the Pioneer Square basement of Elliott Bay. Who would ever have guessed, at what was Amy Tan’s very first reading for her very first book, The Joy Luck Club, that 28 years and ten bestselling, critically acclaimed books later, she would be making the rounds for a wonderful memoir on writing, life, memory? On the other hand, based on what that first audience saw, and what those readers of that first book read, who would have doubted that one day she would be back thus, the book she is here at Central Library for being Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (Ecco)? So the tale is told, as only Amy Tan can, and has here. “In this wise and profound memoir, novelist Tan (The Joy Luck Club, etc.), now 65, looks back on her life, illuminating the path that led her to writing. Tan’s fans and writers of all kinds will find her latest work fascinating; she explores how her writing has evolved, and how memory sparks imagination … The memoir reveals that, for Tan, the past is ever present, serving as a wellspring of emotion and writing inspiration.” - Publishers Weekly. Onstage with Amy Tan in conversation will be much-loved Seattle novelist Laurie Frankel, most recently the author of This Is How It Always Is. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
 

10/25/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Oona A. Hathaway
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Oona Hathaway is a professor of international law at Yale Law School and the Director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges. She is here this evening for a major new historical work, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (co-authored with Scott J. Shapiro, Simon & Schuster). "Sweeping and yet personable at the same time, The Internationalists explores the profound implications of the outlawry of war [the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact]. Professors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro enrich their analysis with vignettes of the many individuals (some unknown to most students of History) who played such important roles in this story. None have put it all together in the way that Hathaway and Shapiro have done in this book."—Paul Kennedy. “Like The Clash of Civilizations and The End of History, this brilliant book lays out a vision that makes sense of the world today in the context of centuries of history. Hathaway and Shapiro tell their story with literary flair, analytical depth, and historical meticulousness. It will change the way you remember the 20th century and read the news in the 21st.”—Steven Pinker. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT CIVIC Series. get tickets  
 

10/26/2017 - 6:00pm

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
Paola Gianturco
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Globally, groups of activist girls between the ages of ten and eighteen are advocating for social, economic and political justice. Imagination and courage radiate through the stories of fifteen girl-led nonprofits in thirteen countries, whose stories are told in their own words in Wonder Girls: Changing Our World (powerHouse Books). Author-photographer Paola Gianturco will share stories and photographs about real-life Wonder Girls from her travels with her eleven-year-old co-author (and granddaughter) Alex Sangster. Paola Gianturco, whose books include Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, has documented women’s issues in 62 countries. Presented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Affairs Council-Seattle, the Global Fund for Women, The Channel Foundation, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free but pre-registration required. ID required and no admissions after 6:15 p.m.   get registered  
 

10/26/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin Craft & Rebecca Aronson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening brings one esteemed Seattle poet and editor, Kevin Craft, together with a former Seattle resident (and MFA student at the University of Washington), New Mexico-based poet Rebecca Aronson, for a reading from their newest books. Kevin Craft, who is the executive editor of Poetry Northwest Editions and author of Solar Prominence, is here tonight with Vagrants and Accidentals (University of Washington Press). "Evoking the steadfastness of calendrical weeks and a card deck's volatility, these 52+1 poems meditate on the unforeseen directions a life can take. Like the prism that serves as a quietly recurring trope, these poems are sites of gather and scatter, as flickers of classical beauty get projected out of fracture. An encomium to drift that places figures 'steeped in disappearance' in the foreground of its long, historical view, Vagrants and Accidentals suggests that being blown off course is the course." -Andrew Zawacki.   Rebecca Aronson is here with her newest collection, Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom (Itasca Books), winner of the 2016 Orison Poetry Prize. “Explosive, turbulent, haunting, magnetic, Rebecca Aronson’s Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom begins with a girl who sets a field on fire, an apt metaphor for poems that are themselves fiery. Mortality and death undergird Aronson’s fantastical visions, where a child becomes a seagull, a woman turns tarantula, and a house threatens to fill with blood. Fierce vulnerability and brutality excite the perceptions of the ill and the grief-stricken, the child and the new mother … An acute and visceral brightness–an aliveness–reaches under the eyelids, floating the reader across startling landscapes and dreamscapes, from Pompeii to Jersey City. I could stare all day at the riot of gasping colors, enthralled by Aronson’s poems and her ‘Ravenous god of little things.”’ -Hadara Bar-Nadav, judge of the 2016 Orison Poetry Prize.
 

10/27/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jenny Sampson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Berkeley photographer Jenny Sampson’s portraits, produced via wet plate collodion (tintype, black and white photography) and developed in her portable darkroom, offer a glimpse of the inner lives of skaters she encountered in California, Oregon and Washington skateparks. Some of these images are collected in her book, Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders (Daylight Books), which also includes an essay by Joel Rice.  
 

10/27/2017 - 7:30pm

Impact Hub
Juan González with David Rolf and Frank Blethen
Impact Hub
220 2nd Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98104
Democracy Now journalist Juan González appears in conversation with Seattle labor leader John Rolf and Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen tonight. Juan González’s new book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities (New Press) discusses the impact of De Blasio’s election and the ongoing popular rebellion against corporate-friendly policies that had dominated New York for decades. Reflecting that broader change, liberal Democrats Bill Peduto in Pittsburgh, Betsy Hodges in Minneapolis, and Martin Walsh of Boston also won mayoral elections that same year, as did insurgent Ras Baraka in Newark the following year. This new generation of municipal leaders offers valuable lessons for those seeking grassroots reform. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT CIVICS.   get tickets  
 

10/28/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Jennifer Gaynor
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast People from around the world flock to Bali for its unique culture, arts, and natural beauty. Bali's economy relies heavily on tourism. But the island isn't really that big. Developers have recently found a way to change that, and seek to make more land with a land-reclamation project in Bali's south. Critics in the anti-reklamasi protest movement draw from Balinese tradition in using a unique argument of a ‘religion of holy waters’ (agama tirta) to protect the sea. About the Presenter: Jennifer Gaynor is Assistant Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is a scholar of maritime worlds, the social and cultural history of modern Indonesia and maritime Southeast Asia, and the intersections of history and anthropology. Her book, Intertidal History draws on Southeast Asian and early modern European sources to show the vital roles that maritime people played in histories that unfolded along and between the region’s littoral zones. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

10/28/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!  
 

10/28/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Curt Weiss
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jerry Nolan, who played with two infamous New York proto-punk bands, the Heartbreakers and the New York Dolls, as well as with the Idols, Sid Vicious and the London Cowboys is the subject of a new biography by Seattle writer Curt Weiss. Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride : A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock (Backbeat Books) is based on extensive research and on  interviews with bandmates,, lovers, family members and friends (who include members of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie). Stories of the early days of punk, bandmate Johnny Thunders and his struggles with heroin addiction are all part of the story.
 
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10/29/2017 - 6:00pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Roddy Doyle -Cancelled
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
***Please note: This event has been cancelled*** Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle’s new book, Smile, is bold, haunting, and asks questions about memory – what we remember, what we think we remember and how we contend with the past. Victor Forde is alone for the first time in years. He goes to a pub every night for a drink. One night, however, a man comes in. His name is Fitzpatrick and seems to remember Victor from school. Victor doesn’t know Fitzpatrick and dislikes Fitzpatrick immediately, but the remembrances of his old schoolmate bring up other memories for Victor- those of his wife, of Forde’s brief fame, and of one brother who threatens to destroy Victor’s sanity. Doyle, author of Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha, brings the things he’s most famous for to his new book – razor-sharp dialogue, humor, and the evocation of adolescence. Get Tickets  
 

10/30/2017 - 6:30pm

Broadway Performance Hall
Walter Isaacson
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.  This evening's program features a talk and presigned books. Tickets include a copy of Walter Isaacson's new book, Leonardo Da Vinci (Simon and Schuster).   Get Tickets  
 

10/30/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Sasha Polakow-Suransky with Cyrus Habib
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
From Europe to the United States, opportunistic politicians have exploited the economic crisis, terrorist attacks, and an unprecedented influx of refugees to bring hateful and reactionary views from the margins of political discourse into the mainstream. In Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy (Nation Books) Open Society Foundations fellow Sasha Polakow-Suransky provides a front-row seat to the anger, desperation, and dissent that are driving some voters into the arms of the far right and stirring others to resist. "Sasha Polakow-Suransky confronts deep tensions between race, class, and borders that so many liberals would prefer to ignore, with detailed examples from Europe, the United States, and South Africa. For those of us deeply worried about the future of liberal democracy, Go Back to Where You Came From is an important and enlightening book."―Anne-Marie Slaughter.   Sasha Polakow-Suranski appears in conversation with Cyrus Habib, Washington state’s Lieutenant Governor. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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